Many thanks to those who attended the AGM in Oxford. There were some really productive conversations during both the training and AGM and as always, lovely to catch up during lunch and breaks! As one member said, ‘…it is great to have some face to face time with colleagues’. The minutes will be posted online in the ‘members area’ in due course.
The ANP held a stall at Deaffest 2019 at Wolverhampton in May. The event is always busy with predominantly sign language users but our stall received interest from a variety of attendees. We had a lovely enquiry about notetaking in FE from a mother with a deaf son. Karen and Jackie explained the types of notes that can be provided while Karen did a short demonstration. We also had enquiries from people wanting to know how to be trained as notetakers and we discussed the benefits of being a member of ANP.
The stall was really well placed at the venue and we had a steady stream of passers-by and lots of attention to where we would work and how we would best support people.
It is always interesting to realise how many people are unaware of the support that is out there and any enquiry is potential business for our members.
Congratulations to Jackie and Karen who fronted the stall.
Here are some photos to prove just how great they looked!!
Many thanks from everyone.
This years Deaffest is being held in Wolverhampton between the 17th – 19th May. More information can be found – https://deaffest.co.uk/2018/08/29/deaffest-2019/
A worthwhile attendance at this capsule event as delegates showed an interest in our activities and both manual and electronic notetaking was acknowledged as an essential communication method. Awareness of Notetaking was also promoted by our presence, to the speakers who have impact in their fields of work. Our stand was supported by the following members – Meriel Michaelides, Penny Clarke, Susan Baines and Sisily Alexander – many thanks to them for representing ANP at this event!
Deaf Day ANP Stand 2018
Notetaking was again on show at the annual Deaf Day event in London’s CityLit, with manual and electronic notetakers womaning the stand. What we do was prominently displayed on banner and walls. There was a steady flow of visitors whose queries and comments were managed by our experts and CityLit even advertised an ENT employed for one of their activities! Now that’s a first!!
Notetaker is royally noted:
HRH Princess Anne has seen ENT at work and acknowledged the focus and hard work with a handshake at a Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Hearing Link meeting.
The ANP were represented by Meriel, Miriam and Karen at the Deaf Street Party in London on Sat 22nd July 2017.
We had a good spot near the entrance and some early interest to the stand but unfortunately the rain set in and we decided to call it a day at 2pm. Such a shame as potentially a fun event and good networking opportunity.
Some members may be interested in following this link to the BBC Money Box programme (broadcast on 12th July 2017) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xbhgy – the subject of which was zero hour contracts, with some reference made to the self-employed.
Deaf-Fest – Wolverhampton
Dian, Meriel and I attended Deaf-Fest in Wolverhampton on Saturday 13th May to represent ANP.
It was a great event and a good opportunity to network and raise our profile within the D/deaf community (and try out some of our new conference tool-kit)! We had lots of visitors to our stand – some were potential clients interested to hear about the service/s we can offer, some were interested in becoming note-takers themselves (potential new members perhaps?) and others (some smaller members of the deaf community) were more interested in our supply of chocolates!
Meriel’s committee experience stood us in good stead and Dian’s BSL and Lipspeaking skills were invaluable! We even managed to hold our committee meeting between visits to the stand and the minutes are now available in the ‘members’ area of the website.
Our next event/stand will be at the Deaf Street Party in London (more details to follow) on Saturday 22 July and we would LOVE to invite you to join us then; the more the merrier…!